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The Bar Room’s New York-Inspired Empire State Negroni

The bar at historic downtown hotel The Beekman features an Italian-inspired ode to New York. Here’s the story and how to make the cocktail.

Empire State Negroni

The Empire State Negroni features an all-New York State lineup of ingredients.

There’s no place like New York. After living in Manhattan for nearly seven years, I can say that with confidence. And while I’m partial to the city, the state has plenty to offer, including spirits. Including, even, a New York State-inspired Negroni.

The Bar Room at The Beekman is paying homage to New York State’s spirits with its Empire State Negroni, featuring Isolation Proof Gin from the Catskills, Brooklyn-based Forthave Spirits Red, and Method Sweet Vermouth, produced in the Finger Lakes.

Isabella Fitzgerald, beverage director for The Bar Room, called the cocktail “a love letter for New York State Spirits.”

Related: How to Make an Elegant Negroni Fleur de Lys

To distill in New York State, the ingredients used have to come from within New York, Fitzgerald says, noting that over time, distilling has become better within the state’s lines — and now options produced within the Empire State are perfect for mixing into a delicious cocktail, fit for a luxury bar.

“Five or 10 years ago, we didn't have a great New York State Campari alternative, or a suitable vermouth alternative, and what these distillers have made are beautiful, true spirits showcasing what New York State can do,” says Fitzgerald. “The Method Sweet Vermouth is the preferred vermouth for a lot of our bartenders in place of Dolin Rouge or Carpano Antica for its soft touch when woven into a cocktail.”

Here, the Bar Room shares its recipe for its Empire State Negroni with Appetito—and with you!

Empire State Negroni

Empire State Negroni

Recipe by The Bar Room at The Beekman
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  • 1 oz 1 Forthave Spirits Red

  • 1 oz 1 Isolation Proof Gin

  • 1 oz 1 Method Sweet Vermouth


  • Stir in a mixing glass with ice, strain over a large ice cube and serve with an expressed orange twist.

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